Willi Hüsler



  • Born in Zurich (Switzerland) the 1st of July 1945, living in Zurich, bureau in Zurich.
  • Ing. ETH, specialized in traffic planning.
  • Member of the Swiss association of traffic planners (SVI).


1991                   Founder of the company IBV W. Hüsler AG, engineering bureau for traffic planning with a staff of 8 people at the moment.

1992-2013         Delegate of the Swiss government for the European research coordination regarding COST-domain Transport and Urban Development (TUD).

1979-91             Leading function in the planning company Metron Verkehrsplanung AG, Windisch.

1971-78             Research as a scientific associate at ETH Zürich (Institute for city, regional and national planning ORL)


Academic training

1971           Graduated engineer Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), diploma thesis in traffic planning.



Teaching at universities


2003-2018     Contract professor for infrastructure and mobility at the faculty of architecture and urban studies at the University Sassari (I). Now visiting professor.


1994-2014     Multiple periods of teaching at the University of Venice (Institute of architecture, IAUV) as Prof. chiara fama “traffic planning”.






Scientifical research


Willi Hüsler was taking part in a number of national and international research projects:


Environmental aspects of traffic:

1987                Reduction of environmental impact using technical and organizational measures. Federal department of traffic and energy and association of Swiss traffic engineers SVI.

1989                Reduction of space consumption for transportation (National research program concerning land use PNR 22)

1994                Travel slower and more fluently – the consequences of scenarios with lower travel velocities and their relative impact. (National research program – City and transport PNR 25)

2006-2008     COST C23 “Strategies for low carbon urban built environment”


From pedestrians to big infrastructures:

1996-2001     COST C6       “Town and Infrastructure Planning for Safety and Urban Quality for Pedestrians”. Internationales Projekt (12 Länder), chairman W. Hüsler

1999-2004     PROMPT        “New Means to Promote Pedestrian Traffic in Cities”. EC Founded Research Project (FP5). Koordination für die Schweiz: W. Hüsler (Anteil IBV CHF 430’000)

1999-2004     COST C8       “Important infrastructures and city quality “. International projects (15 countries). Coordination for Switzerland: W. Hüsler



Membership in expert juries for competitions and test plannings


1990                Sursee (CH): urban remodeling of the historic city centre

1991                Sursee (CH): Train station and space in front of the station

1992                Gümligen (CH): Train station and space in front of the station

1995                Lemgo (D): Marketing city bus

1997                Bergisch-Gladbach (D): Marketing city bus

1997                Frauenfeld (CH): Marketing city bus

2001                Brunico (I): Train station (mobility center)

2001                Bonn (D): Bertha von Suttner Place

2004                Lugano (CH): Development and extension Nord-Cornaredo

2005                Zürich (CH): Train station Hardbrücke and surroundings

2006                Lugano (CH): Centro intermodale and Villa Negroni in Vezia

2006               Zürich (CH): Center Oerlikon and space in front of the station

2007                Bregenz (A): New concept for the traffic planning

2007                Winterthur (CH): Reorganization of the axis “Zürcherstrasse” for a better city standard

2007                Lugano (CH): Pian Scairolo “international competition for urban visions”

2009                Zürich (CH): Schwamendingen, integrated development

2010                Zürich (CH): Train station Hardbrücke, modelling of the node

2013                Herisau (CH): Space in front of station and street network

2014                Laufen (CH): New bridge and street network

2016               Donaueschingen (D): Design city bus

2017                Zürich (CH) ETH: Reorganisation building and mensa (Expert)

2017                Zürich (CH): ETH Parking (Expert)

2018                Opfikon Zürich (CH): Meet multifunctional center

2019                Döttingen (CH): Area development (FPRE)



Expert for national studies


1992                Deutscher Bundestag Bonn (national parlament) Enquête-Kommission “Preventive measures to protect the earth atmosphere” W. Hüsler, expert consultant and editor of a number of specific studies.

1997                Parlamentary testing of the high speed train project Napoli-Milano (ministry for transport and environment). Expert for network operating plan and other aspects.

2000                Parlamentary testing of the high speed train project Torino-Venezia (ministry for transport and environment). Expert for network operating plan and other aspects.


International projects

2002                Organization of the alpine provinces and cantons and regions from Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria, Germany and Slovenia: Traffic plan for ARGE Alp (consulting and coordination).

2005-2006     Feasibility study (with coordination) of a railway connection between the Unterengadin (Canton of Graubünden) and the Vinschgau (Region Südtirol).



Consulting and planning for the following municipalities, provinces and countries


Switzerland:        Cities: Aarau, Basel, Brig, Brugg, Burgdorf, Dübendorf, Eglisau, Frauenfeld, Geneva, Gstaad, Herisau, Küsnacht, Lugano, Lucerne, Nyon, Regensdorf, St. Moritz, Sursee, Uster, Wetzikon, Winterthur, Yverdon-les-Bains, Zurich

Cantons: Basel Stadt und Land, Graubünden, Lucerne, Zurich


Germany:             Cities: Aachen (Nordraum), Bergisch Gladbach, Berlin, Bonn, Donaueschingen, Essen, Hanau, Köln, Leipzig, Lemgo, Lindau, Oerlinghausen, Remseck, Ulm/Neu-Ulm, Witten

Federal lands: Nordrhein Westfalen, Sachsen-Anhalt


Italy:                      Cities: Alghero, Arezzo, Biella, Bologna, Bozen, Carbonia, Carpi, Como,

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Finale Ligure, Genova, Gorizia, Modena, Napoli, Ora(Auer), Padova,

Palermo, Parma, St. Ulrich/Ortisei, Siena, Alpe di Siusi, Torino, Trento, Vittorio Veneto

Provinz: Bologna, Bozen, Cagliari, Cusio, Napoli, Ossola, Padova,

Palermo, Parma, Sassari

Regions: Veneto, Süd-Tirol, Trentino


Austria:                 Cities: Bregenz, Graz, Linz, Wien, Gmunden

Federal lands: Steiermark, Oberosterreich, Voralberg


Great Britt.:         City: Milton Keynes

France:                 City: Sélestat, Angèrs, Sévran (Paris)

Portugal:              City: Porto

Slovenia:              City: Ljubljana, Nova Gorica

USA:                      City: Portland, Maine

Kenia:                   City: Nairobi

Uganda:               City: Kampala



Consulting for big investors


  • Swiss Federal Institute for Technology ETH (CH)
  • Swiss Federal Railways SBB (CH)
  • Zurich Traffic Agency ZVV (CH)
  • Swiss Television SRF (CH)
  • Credit Suisse, CS real estate (CH)
  • Zurich Insurance (CH)
  • Zürcher Freilager AG ZF real estate (CH)
  • Migros supermarket chain (CH)
  • Coop supermarket chain (CH)
  • Agenzia della mobilità di Torino ATM (I)



Consultation and member of scientifical advisory board for big cities and metropolitan areas:


2001 – 2002 Berlin (D) Member of the „Wissenschaftlicher Beirat“ of the transport

development plan (STEP Verkehr) and other projects as consultant


1998 – 2000 Roma (I) Member of the „Comitato Scientifico“ of the transport development

plan (PUM) and other projects as consultant


2009 – 2012 Torino (I) Project „Rete Forte 2012“

Development integrated of network strategic concerning, tramway, metro, commuter railway and bus as well as organisation of the interface stations


2000 Porto (P) Verification and improvement of tramway network and transfer of

technical know-how and supervision




Napoli (I) New tramway system

Development of the tramway network and reportable consultation

of different tramway projects in Napoli and metropolitan area


2005 Munich (D) Optimizing of the city tramway network taking in consideration not

only the aspect of transport but as well the aspect of urban quality

and design of public space for “Stadtwerke München MVG”


2010 Nairobi (EAK) Urban development and transport strategy in large slum areas and

interaction of these areas based on partly existing railway

infrastructures. Studies financed by SDI (together with the

architects Aaron Wegmann and Luigi Snozzi)


2011 Kampala (EAU) Urban development and transport strategy for the fast growing city. Financed by Ministry of Housing and SDI (together with the architects Aaron

Wegmann and Luigi Snozzi)


2013 Vienna (A) External expert in coordination group for the development strategy of public transport network (metro, tramway, commuter railway) for Vienna


199x-2016 Zurich (CH)

(greater area)

Different consultation concerning the development of rail network

in the greater area Zurich for the Zurich transport authority

“Zürcher Verkehrsverbund ZVV”

Economic evaluation of transport system

Definition of supplied modules

Evaluation of possible links and definition of priority

Definition of strategic approach

Calibration and design of important interface stations


2014-2019 Sévran (F)

(greater Paris)

Development of strategy and plan concerning land use and

transport together with urbanists. Important aspects to point

out: Public transport and road network cycling, walking and parking.

Part of the project of “Grand Paris Express”.


2006-2019 Graz (A)


Assessment of transportsystem projects and development of

Tramway-Networks as well of the transportnetworks of the

metropolitan area of Graz. Suburban-train and -bus. Based on

cost benefit analyses.

Pozostali prelegenci

Jürg Burri

Ambasador Szwajcarii

Stanisław Lamczyk

Senat Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej

Doris Leuthard

była Członkini Szwajcarskiej Rady Federalnej

David Aloia


Mariusz Banaszuk

Value Quest

dr Jacek Bartosiak


dr Michał Beim

Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy w Poznaniu

Jakub Crhonek

Clearsight Investments AG

Mateusz Gilewski

Zespół Doradców Gospodarczych TOR

Werner Huber


dr inż. Jerzy Lejk

Metro Warszawskie

Michał Litwin

Nevomo/Związek Niezależnych Przewoźników Kolejowych

Łukasz Malinowski

Zespół Doradców Gospodarczych TOR

Sabina Nowosielska

Prezydent miasta Kędzierzyn-Koźle

Ulrich Schwendimann

Polsko-Szwajcarska Izba Gospodarcza

Michał Stępień

Polsko-Szwajcarska Izba Gospodarcza

Michał Szlachta


Arkadiusz Świerkot

Stadler Rail

Marek Tarczyński

Polska Izba Spedycji i Logistyki

Paweł Wierzbicki